Interview Roundup: Countdown to S4
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As we near the season 4 premiere of Game of Thrones, the interviews are positively flooding in! So here’s your roundup of the highlights from the cast sharing their thoughts on their characters and the fourth season.

  • “I understood the way that tragedy can shape an agenda, and how much of a focal point the goal that was born from a particular tragedy can be. How totally driven by one thing he is, and how it also sort of branches itself out into how he lives his life,” Pedro Pascal tells Zap2it in a new interview.  The actors offers his thoughts on his character, a fan favorite arriving in King’s Landing this year. “Here is a character for the first time that kind of comes up against all the most feared people and does not fear them at all. I think that we haven’t seen that.”
  • The L.A. Times spoke with Gwendoline Christie about what drew the actress to the role, working with Michelle Fairley and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and how her character has developed since season 2. On the future of Brienne of Tarth, Christie says:

What I will say about Season 4 is that Brienne is journeying on, and we see different aspects of her character flowering, and we see her having to use different parts of herself to survive in different worlds that she has no experience of, and we see her undergoing some of the worst hardship that we have seen. The first three seasons of “Game of Thrones” structurally have taken a very similar path in that it starts as a slow build, and then there’s a climax. And Season 4 takes a very different path, and I think it genuinely is going to blow people’s minds.

  • John Bradley stopped by the Wall Street Journal this week to chat with fans about playing one of the nice guys, the women of GoT, and about how the book and the show are becoming their own entities. John fielded questions from a few fans and discussed how he thought Sam might die:

“With Sam, I always think that when you really really think about Game of Thrones, you think of huge spectacular deaths where people get set on fire or people get ran through with swords, I think Sam’s more likely to die of some kind of genetic heart defect or something. Instead of dying in battle, he’s going to die running to battle. So I think Sam won’t die a hero’s death.”

Around 16 minutes into the Wall Street Journal video, John confirms that a book character has been cut. If you’d rather not know, consider yourself warned!

  • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is featured in Vanity Fair this month talking about Jaime’s relationships with Brienne and Cersei, and where the knight is headed in season 4.

He always had that, that he was deadly with a sword. But he’s also good with his words and with his mind, to suss out the weaknesses in his opponents. He has always used his mind to play tricks on people and expose their weaknesses. But clearly, now, he doesn’t have the backup of this deadly right hand, because it is no longer. He has to reinvent himself.

  • “She’s completely given up on [reuniting with her family], and it almost feels like they’ve given up on her because she’s like, where were they?” Maisie Williams tells Zap2it, and offers more insight in the interview into the older, angrier Arya. “I want people to realize that actually she’s not the same anymore. You can’t root for her forever, because she’s not there to be your favorite character. That’s not what she’s there for. She’s real. People go down bad paths and they make bad decisions, but it’s always justified in their head.”
  • George R.R. Martin chats with Vulture about why he no longer knights with cheeseburgers, what moments he best loved seeing realized onscreen, and how much input he has in the process when it comes to the cuts for the show.
  • And what can we expect from Arya’s traveling companion, the Hound? According to Rory McCann in this AccessHollywood interview, “My character is on a great road trip with Arya. And it’s going to be crazy this year.” He adds, “There’s going to be a lot of blood spilled, that’s for sure. And I love swearing. [...] Apparently I’ve got the record for swear words this year. Yeah!”
  • Peter Dinklage, Carice van Houten, Rose Leslie, Pedro Pascal, and more share their favorite shocking moments from the past three seasons of Game of Thrones in this video from Access Hollywood.

 


101 Comments

  1. Greatness Arrisessss
    Posted March 21, 2014 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    I bloody knew it. No Dilane interview, thus D&D hate Stannis.

  2. iTiSkNOWn
    Posted March 21, 2014 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    What could Gwen be speculating at? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  3. Tatters
    Posted March 21, 2014 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    Greatness Arrisessss,

    Blame the interviewers.

  4. Ours is the Fury
    Posted March 21, 2014 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    These are just some highlights. There are new interviews coming out every day, all the time. This is the high season. Even Dillane’s bound to talk sometime. (I’m an optimist, okay!)

  5. Mariamb
    Posted March 21, 2014 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

    Great interview with John Bradley. His responses are always thoughtful, intelligent and, when appropriate, funny. John makes Show Sam much more interesting than Book Sam. He is one of my favorites.

    And yes, he confirms that CH is not in the show. And he also suggests that some event that fans expect to happen this season, will not. My guess: Jon’s election as Lord Commander.

  6. Annara Snow
    Posted March 21, 2014 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

    Mariamb:
    Great interview with John Bradley. His responses are always thoughtful, intelligent and, when appropriate, funny. John makes Show Sam much more interesting than Book Sam. He is one of my favorites.

    And yes, he confirms that CH is not in the show. And he also suggests that some event that fans expect to happen this season, will not. My guess: Jon’s election as Lord Commander.

    I don’t believe that this is what he’s referring to, because it really doesn’t make sense from the storytelling point. Why would anyone want to NOT finish Jon’s season with that? That would be like ending season 1 with Robb marching South, and then having the King in the North moment in the season 2 premiere.

  7. Sean
    Posted March 21, 2014 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    Annara Snow,

    The only reason I could see for cutting it would be if they wanted two seasons from Dance/feast. but I have faith that they can set it up and then resolve the election in episode 10.

  8. Tori Targaryen
    Posted March 21, 2014 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    Mariamb,

    Maybe he’s referring to Lady Stoneheart? Let’s face it, many are expecting it, I’m still not convinced it will happen. Would love it, but I’m not going to flip out if it doesn’t. Would just be a shame.

  9. KG
    Posted March 21, 2014 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

    I REALLY LOVED THAT SUPER LOUD AD THAT PLAYED BEFORE THE CLIP AND I ESPECIALLY LOVED HOW I COULDN’T STOP IT!

  10. Mariamb
    Posted March 21, 2014 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    Annara Snow: I don’t believe that this is what he’s referring to, because it really doesn’t make sense from the storytelling point. Why would anyone want to NOT finish Jon’s season with that? That would be like ending season 1 with Robb marching South, and then having the King in the North moment in the season 2 premiere.

    I would prefer that it is included this season because it’s most appropriate after the Battle at the Wall. I can’t imagine what else he is referring to.

    Tori Targaryen:
    Mariamb,

    Maybe he’s referring to Lady Stoneheart? Let’s face it, many are expecting it, I’m still not convinced it will happen. Would love it, but I’m not going to flip out if it doesn’t. Would just be a shame.

    Could be but I think that this is the “blow your mind” moment that Gwen keeps talking about. I believe that the scene/incident that John is referencing is one that affects Sam’s storyline. Of course, that’s just my take.

  11. UnbowdUnbentedUnhodor
    Posted March 21, 2014 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

    Stannis isnt even that great, middle child syndrome is strong with that one.

  12. King Stannis
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 12:01 am | Permalink

    As a stannis fan/supporter I am glad stannis is underrated for now. Sorta in the shadows & barely mentioned. Can’t put all your cards out there people.
    We will soon see that no man claim ignorance is an excuse.

  13. tysnow
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 12:09 am | Permalink

    Wow! Big spoiler by Maisie, so Arya’s going to turn to the dark side of the force.

  14. Broken Wolf
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 12:11 am | Permalink

    I really hope John Bradley meant that Sam wouldn’t MEET CH. Because Bran NEEDS CH to take him to the T.E.R. They’ve already left out one of the coolest characters in this show, that was Belwas. If they leave out CH, I will be kicking someone’s ass.

  15. Kyrion
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 12:18 am | Permalink

    John Bradley saying no Coldhands, as far as he knows, Coldhands doesnt show up, its not like he knows Brans storyline this season, he knows he wasnt in Season 3. Remember, they watch the show just like us during the week, they don’t get advance screenings or anything like that. This means nothing for season 4 since John doesnt know if Coldhands indeed shows up in Brans storyline in Season 4.

    And finally, he said characters that arent showing up might show up later, not that they are cut. Same with Jojen and Meera not showing up until Season 3….

  16. cosca
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 12:21 am | Permalink

    Broken Wolf,

    Strong Belwas was a garbage cartoon character.

  17. Synnerman
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 12:25 am | Permalink

    John Bradley didn’t say that Coldhands was cut from the show. He was asked specifically about what was cut from the book regarding HIS character that he would have liked to see. He then talked about CH. He didn’t say that it was cut from the show completely, just the scenes from the book that involved Sam (meaning the material at the end of Season 3).

  18. tysnow
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 12:32 am | Permalink

    CH didn’t end up doing anything special, except ride a big deer and create speculation (hope) he was UnBen. When I saw the Hobbit in theater’s people laughed when the Elf King showed up riding a deer, I think in all seriousness HBO will cut that part.

  19. Ours is the Fury
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 12:34 am | Permalink

    The fan asked if there was anything cut he would have liked to see/do, and Bradley said:
    “I would have liked Coldhands, if at all possible.”
    and
    “Coldhands doesn’t really play a part in the show.”

    That’s pretty straightforward. He might turn up later in Bran’s storyline, sure. But it sounds like he’s not involved for now.

  20. Arthur
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 12:36 am | Permalink

    I’m more excited to see the Red Viper more then anything else I know of coming in season 4.

    Pedro sounds like he really has the mindset right and I can’t wait to see this “amazing character introduction” and his portrayal as Oberyn Martell…

    As long as he walks into KL and just starts owning bitches without a care in the world ill be happy…

  21. StMB
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 1:08 am | Permalink
  22. Casso
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 1:10 am | Permalink

    Arthur:
    I’m more excited to see the Red Viper more then anything else I know of coming in season 4.

    Pedro sounds like he really has the mindset right and I can’t wait to see this “amazing character introduction” and his portrayal as Oberyn Martell…

    As long as he walks into KL and just starts owning bitches without a care in the world ill be happy…

    I saw episode 1. You’ll be happy.

  23. King of the Ashes
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 1:38 am | Permalink

    KG:
    I REALLY LOVED THAT SUPER LOUD AD THAT PLAYED BEFORE THE CLIP AND I ESPECIALLY LOVED HOW I COULDN’T STOP IT!

    Exactly

  24. Greatness Arrisessss
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 1:54 am | Permalink

    Kyrion: shows up in Brans storyline in Season 4.

    And finally, he said characters that arent showing up might show up later, not that they are cut. Same with Jojen and Meera not showing up until Season 3….

    Are you DENSE? The actors playing Davos and Melisandre read the Rains of Castamere script weeks before the episode aired. In fact, many of the actors get the privilege to read the scripts in advance. John Bradley knows if they cut Coldhands out completely.

  25. Reza
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 2:23 am | Permalink

    Dammit, no sign of Thoros! He is my favorite character period! Hopefully he will be back S5?

  26. Sister Wrister
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 2:40 am | Permalink

    tysnow,

    You make a fair point, the elk riding would be a bit much. He could ride a horse though. And as far as doing nothing, I think he provides a bit of insight into the “undead”, and whatever is going on with bloodraven.. (is he under his control? Or is he thinking and acting of his own volition, somewhere between “dead and gone” and “dead but still sorta there”. This is why I think he’s cool and am still hoping for a coldhand’s cameo at some point, if only in Bran’s story. I don’t think he has to be a big casting announcement, it could even be Ian Whyte in costume with no dialog. Maybe even one scene would be cool.

    That said, I haven’t lost any sleep over the changes the show has made (well, maybe the treatment of Grey Wind- character assassination!). I’m not about to start if they omit coldhands.

  27. Sister Wrister
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 2:42 am | Permalink

    Reza,

    Fuckin hear that! MORE THOROS!

  28. Grijnwaald
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 2:59 am | Permalink

    Okay, I’m a little bit weirded out by Maisie’s interview because I don’t much like being told which characters to like/dislike or which ones I can and cannot root for.

  29. loki
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 3:28 am | Permalink

    I bet even the betrayal prophecies will be cut. D&D hate Stan- I mean cool paranormal stuff and aim to cut as much as possible. What a shame.

  30. Mariya Martell
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    Typical Tywin, discarding any responsibility for his wrongdoings…

    KG:
    I REALLY LOVED THAT SUPER LOUD AD THAT PLAYED BEFORE THE CLIP AND I ESPECIALLY LOVED HOW I COULDN’T STOP IT!

    What’s that? I can’t hear you over the sound of how awesome AdBlock Plus is ;)

  31. Hand of the Kingslayer
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 3:34 am | Permalink

    Ours is the Fury,

    He’s too busy watching 70s German porn

  32. John Raynor
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 3:40 am | Permalink

    Reza,

    Yeah, I am praying that he makes some sort of appearance in s4. He is definitely one of my favorite characters and I thought Paul Kaye did a great job!

  33. Hand of the Kingslayer
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 3:42 am | Permalink

    Tori Targaryen,

    Haven’t we been over this? They are definitely not cutting Stoneheart. The only reason to think they are is that there was no leak of it during shooting season and obviously that’s a scene that they would be extremely careful shooting.

    A simple piece of evidence, which is one of many: Brienne is going on her journey this season. What’s the point in following that arc if there’s no Stoneheart?

  34. Hand of the Kingslayer
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 3:43 am | Permalink

    Grijnwaald,

    I think what she meant is that the character changed. But you should still root for her. Go Arya!

  35. KG
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 3:47 am | Permalink

    She’s only pointing out that her part is expanding in new directions now that she and her character both are getting older.

    :
    You make a fair point, the elk riding would be a bit much. He could ride a horse though. And as far as doing nothing, I think he provides a bit of insight into the “undead”, and whatever is going on with bloodraven.. (is he under his control? Or is he thinking and acting of his own volition, somewhere between “dead and gone” and “dead but still sorta there”. This is why I think he’s cool and am still hoping for a coldhand’s cameo at some point, if only in Bran’s story. I don’t think he has to be a big casting announcement, it could even be Ian Whyte in costume with no dialog. Maybe even one scene would be cool.

    That said, I haven’t lost any sleep over the changes the show has made (well, maybe the treatment of Grey Wind

  36. Hand of the Kingslayer
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 3:52 am | Permalink

    KG,

    Damnit! I didn’t say that! :(

  37. Awake Iron!
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 4:34 am | Permalink

    Grijnwaald,

    Then just ignore it. She’s not D&D or something. She’s just an actress who gets her part and has her own personal opinions.

  38. SHK12344
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 4:41 am | Permalink

    Interesting.

    Fact that character won’t be appearing in the show would likely mean that this character probably won’t play a significant role in the book.

  39. Satin
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 6:23 am | Permalink

    “You can’t root for her forever, because she’s not there to be your favorite character. That’s not what she’s there for. She’s real. People go down bad paths and they make bad decisions, but it’s always justified in their head.”

    She’s a clever kid, that one.

    That said, she’ll be in for a world of wtf when she notices that some people love Arya because she becomes a tiny sociopathic killer.

  40. Hand of the Kingslayer
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 6:33 am | Permalink

    Satin,

    I do.

    Wait… Are me married now?

  41. Satin
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    Hand of the Kingslayer,

    Hmm.

    Can we see other people?

  42. Hand of the Kingslayer
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 6:50 am | Permalink

    Satin,

    If that’s what you want…

  43. Annara Snow
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    cosca:
    Broken Wolf,

    Strong Belwas was a garbage cartoon character.

    ITA. Cutting him (no pun intended) was the best change the show did.

  44. Fatio Corcyn
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    cosca:
    Broken Wolf,

    Strong Belwas was a garbage cartoon character.

    Finally someone says that. It’s sometimes depressing to see how much people need their comic relief to survive through this story.

  45. Margaret
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    Grijnwaald,

    I know!!! What a little bitch, right?

  46. Satin
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    Hand of the Kingslayer,

    I’m pretty much okay with everything… I’ve never been internet-married. Will we be the Hand of the Kingslayer-Satins, or the Satin Hands of the Kingslayer?

    Margaret:
    Grijnwaald,

    I know!!! What a little bitch, right?

    Yeah, OMG, how dare she have an opinion on her character? Such a bitch.

    She’s 16, guys. Having a character that is so incredibly beloved is bound to be a lot of pressure, and she might somehow feel she needs to warn people. So what if she’s not really diplomatic about it? At least that way we know her PR people haven’t turned her into a robot yet.

  47. UnbowdUnbentedUnhodor
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    Watching black hawk down and seeing Nikolai coster waldu! Weirdd

  48. Greatjon of Slumber
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    Ours is the Fury:
    These are just some highlights. There are new interviews coming out every day, all the time. This is the high season. Even Dillane’s bound to talk sometime. (I’m an optimist, okay!)

    If it hasn’t been said already, Dillane does very little media at all. He’s quite the introvert, per what people have said.

  49. cane-cutter
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    UnbowdUnbentedUnhodor:
    Watching black hawk down and seeing Nikolai coster waldu! Weirdd

    seeing Phil Dunphy in that movie. Double weird

  50. wizardeyes
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 10:26 am | Permalink
  51. Dave
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    When Bradley said that things will be cut from the show that people were expecting, I’m sure he was talking in reference to a story he’s involved with. I don’ think it’s Jon being LC, I think it’s Jon being offered Winterfell by Stannis. There is no Val, and no news of anyone who could take the role of Val as a new character. Without that, there’s no point to an offer of Winterfell to single Jon. It appears they mave already cut Robb’s will, so take of that what you may for the future of Jon’s story, if they also cut Jon being offered Winterfell.

  52. Don't care
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    Greatjon of Slumber: If it hasn’t been said already, Dillane does very little media at all. He’s quite the introvert, per what people have said.

    Here is a question posed from a recent interview to Dillane.

    Q:You play Stannis Baratheon in Game of Thrones but you never seem to talk about it. Is there a reason?
    A:I tend not to want to talk to the press all that much. If you play a part like this one in The Tunnel you understand you’ll be obliged to put yourself out there to sell the thing but there are plenty of people on Game of Thrones better qualified and better able to do the chat than I am.

    Also, this interview is pretty funny.
    http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/jan/18/stephen-dillane-q-and-a

    I think he is an irl Stannis.

  53. Ser Maester
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    Mariamb,

    Perhaps he’s talking about Balon’s death? Admittedly, it is debatable how big an event that is, but it would make more sense to delay that till Season 5 then anything else. I know a lot of people think he’ll die before Joffrey based on Leech order. Well, we definitely know he doesn’t die in episode 1, so he would have to go in the beginning or middle of Episode 2 to beat Joffrey to the grave. That it is definitely possible, but I would say it’s unlikely. Might be to obvious foreshadowing, in my opinion at least. Of course, even then it could happen later in the season, but a push back to Season 5 wouldn’t be shocking either.

    Balon’s death being delayed that far would also support a line of thought that I’m finding more and more likely: No King’s Moot Storyline in Season 5 (or, not on screen at least.) We’ve heard the produced and writers talk about how, given the number of new Characters in books 4 and 5, some storylines will need to be cut. Cutting the Iron Islands storyline from Season 5 would make sense, especially given what we’ve seen on the show already. Yara’s northern quest in Season 4 could just be filler, but I am inclined to thinl it is a short cut to getting her captured by Stannis early, thus making it impossible for her to participate in the Iron Islands story.

    The big question tgis would raise is “What About Euron Crows Eye!” He does seem to important to cut, which is why I think he’ll be delayed, Reeds/Blackfish style, to Season 6. I think he’ll be foreshadowed in Season 5 that same way Mance was in Season 2, and Stannis in 1; Never seen, but refrenced quite a few times. We’ll hear about his taking the Iron Islands, and we’ll hear from Yara about her dangerous, banished uncle, setting him up for season 6. So, yeah, that’s just my incredibly long to write theory. Poke holes in it if you wish.

  54. Satin
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    Ser Maester,

    I could imagine the following: we won’t see the death, but Yara will hear about it later in the season, and will realize it happened right after she left, leaving the viewers to wonder if it was Rhllor’s magic after all that killed all three kings.

    As for Euron, either it will be “Your uncle has taken the throne,” and we’ll see him next season, or Yara actually goes back and gets taken into custody by order of the new king, leaving the viewers to wonder until next season who the hell that might be. (I think he will be introduced in Season 5 or not at all, especially if they’re really working with 7 seasons in mind. Forget the Kingsmoot, Euron is going to take that thing by force and treachery.)

  55. Ours is the Fury
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    Greatjon of Slumber: If it hasn’t been said already, Dillane does very little media at all. He’s quite the introvert, per what people have said

    Yes I am aware.

  56. Satin
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    Don’t care: Here is a question posed from a recent interview to Dillane.

    Q:You play Stannis Baratheon in Game of Thrones but you never seem to talk about it. Is there a reason?
    A:I tend not to want to talk to the press all that much. If you play a part like this one in The Tunnel you understand you’ll be obliged to put yourself out there to sell the thing but there are plenty of people on Game of Thrones better qualified and better able to do the chat than I am.

    Also, this interview is pretty funny.
    http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/jan/18/stephen-dillane-q-and-a

    I think he is an irl Stannis.

    Having read that, I think he’s my Patronus. Well, after Dorothy Parker. Maybe the Substitute Patronus.

  57. Annara Snow
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Dave:
    When Bradley said that things will be cut from the show that people were expecting, I’m sure he was talking in reference to a story he’s involved with. I don’ think it’s Jon being LC, I think it’s Jon being offered Winterfell by Stannis. There is no Val, and no news of anyone who could take the role of Val as a new character. Without that, there’s no point to an offer of Winterfell to single Jon. It appears they mave already cut Robb’s will, so take of that what you may for the future of Jon’s story, if they also cut Jon being offered Winterfell.

    Why not? It’s not like there’s a rule that you have to be married before you become a Lord. Why would Jon have to have a wildling bride to be offered Winterfell? Once Stannis legitimized him and released him from his vows, it would greatly increase Jon’s chances of a marriage to a Northern highborn girl.

    I think it would be a big mistake to omit that, it’s an important character moment for Jon – being offered to become a Stark and not be legally a bastard anymore, something he must have secretly dreamed of, being tempted, but then deciding that he is going to remain a Snow and a man of the Nightwatch. If anything, an arranged marriage to someone who’s almost a stranger to him at this point and who may not want to marry him at all, and not long after he had lost the woman he loved, as a part of the package deal, makes the offer less appealing.

    And it would also underscore the Jon/Ramsey parallel & contrast, as Ramsey will eventually be legitimized, probably this season. It would be great to have Jon refuse Stannis’ offer and Ramsey get legitimized (and given Winterfell and upcoming marriage to “Arya”) in the same episode (season finale).

  58. Juice Bolton
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    Crackpot theory: it seems obvious at this point that Brienne is going to be searching for Arya rather than Sansa. It makes sense from a viewers perspective because arya and the hound are much closer to brienne, and are always moving. One of the most frustrating parts of book 4 was the fact that you knew Brienne was completely going the wrong way the entire time. So I think this will ameliorate that. But thats not whats crackpot about my theory. I think that shell end up seeing arya and the hound, and that shell end up fighting and killing the hound. Unless the hound somehow comes back in the sixth or seventh books,his demise as is will be less than satisfactory to viewers. I think having two giants and show regulars like he and brienne duke it out would be a great twist on the books, while giving the hound a much more satisfying ending than him just bleeding on a tree. Thats just mybtwo cents at least :).

  59. Family, Duty, Hodor
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    GRRM won’t be having a cameo in Season 4, as was originally planned. Also, they’re just getting down to working out the details of Season 5 now, so they’re (understandably) a bit behind compared to last year, when they already had the scripts for Season 4.

    http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2014/03/21/george-r-r-martin-shelved-game-of-thrones-cameo-to-work-on-winds-of-winter/

    (not sure if posted already)

  60. Laszlo
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    Juice Bolton,

    Sounds pretty wrong. Mostly because it’s very likely the Hound is not dead and will play some part. Also, no, it wouldn’t be more satisfying, a fight is not automatically better. His original “death” is pretty important to his and Arya’s character.

  61. Valyrian Plastic
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    Family, Duty, Hodor,

    This will be the second cameo on the show he’s had to turn down. In season 3 he was going to be an RW victim, but it never came to be for the same reasons.

    Shame, I was really looking forward to spotting him among the guests at the PW as an Estermont lord ;).

  62. Family, Duty, Hodor
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Valyrian Plastic,

    I didn’t know that. Do you happen to have a link?

    The only GRRM cameo I knew about was in the original pilot of the show, but that was lost when the pilot was reshot.

  63. Valyrian Plastic
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    Family, Duty, Hodor,

    He mentioned it in the 2013 Emmy Panel interview, which also alluded to the then-future “Dubrovnik Cameo” which as we’ve just discovered has been cut completely as well.

  64. Valyrian Plastic
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Valyrian Plastic,

    Whoops, I just checked the video and it was the pilot cameo he was referring to. I definitely remember him saying somewhere he was going to be at the RW, but I guess in retrospect he wasn’t going to say it in an interview filmed before season 3 began.

    I’ll try searching for a link elsewhere.

  65. Satin
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Juice Bolton:
    Crackpot theory: it seems obvious at this point that Brienne is going to be searching for Arya rather than Sansa. [snip]

    Hold your horses, champion. The trailer is edited to seem this way, because unsullied don’t know Sansa will be fleeing K-L directly after the wedding. Jaime likely only mentions Arya to stress that Sansa is “his last chance for honor,” to somewhat mangle a book quote. Also, prepare for Brienne’s journey to be somewhat different – we’ve heard that she’ll bite off someone’s ear, and this is something that happens earlier in the books, while none of the people she meets have been cast, making it likely that her journey is at least restructured, if not shortened entirely.

    As for the Hound, great news: he’s not dead! Remember the Quiet Isle? The Elder Brother told Brienne the Hound was dead and Sandor at peace, which is quite ambiguous, if you think about it. Then there is that huge Gravedigger, who is limping – one wonders who that might be!

    Also, they still have Sandor’s war horse, Stranger, who simply can’t be tamed – as literary schooled people we of course wonder if he is a metaphor for Sandor’s inner state, especially if the helmet is a symbol for the Hound personality, and separate from Sandor’s own personality. Long story short: Sandor is both the Gravedigger and by far not at peace yet. Stay tuned to see what he’ll do next, in The Winds Of Winter, coming to our homes in 2025!

  66. Valyrian Plastic
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    Family, Duty, Hodor,

    http://www.empireonline.com/interviews/interview.asp?IID=1496

    Here’s an interesting find. There’s no mention of a Red Wedding cameo, but he did reveal he was going to be a head on a spike in 110. The production cost of severed heads was too big for it, which is why we have George W. Bush’s head with a wig (and the resulting controversy).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDWfQXIkALQ

    He also answers fan questions and talks a little more about his writing style. And (for once) they used pictures of him which don’t look in the slightest bit smug or cheerful.

  67. Ashara D
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Ser Maester,

    Satin,

    Hmm…I think you two may be right. Both of these make total sense, but then again, I am not a big fan of the Kingsmoot story anyway. I can’t wait to see the added stuff for YarAsha this season. Boy, these days are going slooooowly…

  68. Family, Duty, Hodor
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Valyrian Plastic,

    Interesting! Thanks.

  69. Satin
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    Ashara D,

    I would be lying if I said I enjoyed those chapters, but even apart from that I think it’s just something that may easily be cut. Euron seems important, my guess would be that he makes it. Victarion is likely important as well, since someone needs to go to Meereen to help Dany/steal a dragon/give people a ride or whatever. I think his plot might be shortened severely, and he might be VictAeron rather than Victarion, but some Iron Islander will likely meet Team Danaerys in Season 5 or 6, to marry Dany/drag her and her dragons off. Maybe he and Quentyn will arrive both at the same time, and Dany will have two unlikely suitors grabbing for her hand. VictAeron could be the one to survive the poisoned locusts! At least that would make Meereen a bit more exciting.

    And I’m totally looking forward to YarAsha’s adventures in the North, too. I hope she gets to kick some ass…

  70. Grynthaline
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been wondering, where are all the parodies lately? Last year around this time, we had lots of those, like the School of Thrones, Jon and Ygritte parody, birthday rap party of Thrones etc. now I don’t see any of those, what’s the matter?

  71. argilac's antler
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Kyrion: John Bradley saying no Coldhands, as far as he knows, Coldhands doesnt show up, its not like he knows Brans storyline this season, he knows he wasnt in Season 3. Remember, they watch the show just like us during the week, they don’t get advance screenings or anything like that. This means nothing for season 4 since John doesnt know if Coldhands indeed shows up in Brans storyline in Season 4.

    Wrong. According to the video interview linked above, when asked if he was shocked about the Red Wedding, John replied that he already knew because it’s in the script and he gets all the scripts. So if that character was to appear in season 4, John would have definitely knew about it even if it wasn’t a part of Sam’s storyline.

  72. argilac's antler
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    Grynthaline:
    I’ve been wondering, where are all the parodies lately? Last year around this time, we had lots of those, like the School of Thrones, Jon and Ygritte parody, birthday rap party of Thrones etc. now I don’t see any of those, what’s the matter?

    Good. I’m glad there aren’t as many parodies. Most of them were awful. Just referencing something doesn’t make it funny.

  73. argilac's antler
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    Satin:
    Ashara D
    And I’m totally looking forward to YarAsha’s adventures in the North, too. I hope she gets to kick some ass…

    Something tells me she’ll become the King’s prize sooner than she does in ASoIaF.

  74. MM
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    What I will say about Season 4 is that Brienne is journeying on, and we see different aspects of her character flowering, and we see her having to use different parts of herself to survive in different worlds that she has no experience of, and we see her undergoing some of the worst hardship that we have seen.

    Hmmm…so this season Brienne undergoes “some of the worst hardship that we have seen.” Worse than coming thisclose to being raped by Locke’s men and the bear pit?

    “Worst hardship,” unless they create a non-book plot, seems to allude pretty clearly to some or all of the following: Brienne’s horrible fight with Biter, maiming, capture by the BWB, and confrontation with/hanging by Lady Stoneheart. If Brienne sets out on her quest as early as Episode 4, it’s unlikely the writers will just have her aimlessly wandering around the Riverlands for the back six episodes (well, five since Brienne won’t be in 4×09). However, if her Season 4 was going that deeply into AFFC, surely we would have heard more about it: brief glimpses in the promos, that sort of thing. So I dunno. Maybe the writers come up with a non-book plot to kill time?

  75. Carne
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Someone over at Westeros has seen the first three episodes and is answering questions.

  76. Greenjones
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    Carne,

    And is giving fucking JUICY answers.

  77. cosca
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    Carne,

    Tempting, but then I’d have to go to Westeros.org. Got better things to do than reading a bunch of book purist morons over-reacting and whining about things they haven’t watched yet.

  78. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    Greenjones,

    What thread is it located in?

  79. Carne
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 8:19 pm | Permalink
  80. KG
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    Hand of the Kingslayer,

    Sorry the “quote” button is behaving very strangely on Chrome. You aren’t the first person who has had weird statements wind up following their names … just the first one I didn’t catch in time to fix. :/

  81. sjwenings
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    Carne,

    Wow! I’m pretty worried about the upcoming season scene were apparently Jaime basically rapes Cersei. Whats up with D&D making him worse than he is? (Thinking about that stupid cousin murder)

  82. Tatters
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    sjwenings,

    Jaime is the new stannis

  83. Words of Winter
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    According to the John Bradley interview, Coldhands seems to be cut. I thought in one of the previews we saw him but maybe not or maybe Coldhands was only cut for the Sam seen.

  84. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted March 22, 2014 at 11:52 pm | Permalink

    sjwenings,

    I’m not buying it. I think the poster is misinterpreting the scene, at least I hope she is. Why does Cersei continue to kiss him if it is not consensual? I’m hoping that the “no” is in reference to where the act is happening, and not the act itself. I don’t know how to take this person’s reviews. He/she clearly views the show through different eyes than I do and didn’t seem to pay that close of attention to the episodes. After reading through the thread I remembered why I never visit that site in the first place.

  85. Greenjones
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    Tyrion Pimpslap,

    Except for the voice of loving reason that is Konradsmith, you mean.

    Hehehehe. You get it, AFOIAF posters?

  86. Greenjones
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 12:18 am | Permalink

    Valyrian Plastic,

    The best part of the Empire article is Grrm saying “who could not love Titus Pullo?” A man after my own heart.

  87. Satin
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 5:44 am | Permalink

    Carne:
    Tyrion Pimpslap,

    http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/86909-little-questions-that-dont-fit-anywhere-else/page-22

    That’s the last page though. Not sure where he/she started answering.

    It starts on page 14 or 15, I believe.

    Guys, let’s wait and see until those episodes air before we make judgements? The OP says herself that she has certain biases (and a few glasses of wine, heh) and that will obviously influence her interpretation. A lot of people in that thread are simply primed to freak out, because they are already suspicious of the show and its interpretation of the material. (In that regard, thanks for being a voice of reason, Greenjones.)

    Greenjones: You get it, AFOIAF posters?

    And that acronym constantly makes me thing of “a fong of iphe and fire.” Presumably a retelling of the story by Vargo Hoat.

  88. Greenjones
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 5:59 am | Permalink

    Satin,

    Well I wasn’t fishing for compliments (not exactly) but I’m glad to get one anyhow. If that one choice in the adaptation of the shall we say “sept scene” is the real deal then it will merit some divisive chatter…but, exactly, there are people on that site that are very prone to premature outrage. As I say on “iphe and fire” adaptation choices are not meant to spite certain vocal sections of the fanbase…

  89. Satin
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 6:14 am | Permalink

    Greenjones,

    I came here meaning to compliment you anyway, since I already knew you are Konradsmith. No fishing necessary. ;)

    And yeah, I’m going to see that scene before I make a judgement. But I’m a bit amused: Do these guys understand that Cersei and Jaime’s relationship isn’t meant to be positive? It is very obviously meant to be damaging to them, and one part of that damage is that it brings out the worst in them. Just saying.

  90. Greenjones
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 6:17 am | Permalink

    Satin,

    Yep. I’d say that there but I fear that some of the folks I’ve cultivated friendly relations with in that neck of the woods would turn on me for that. That said I do like that site and it is more organized than this one which can yield better debate and speculation. Sadly though there are those purists hanging around who are fucking geysers of negativity.

  91. Satin
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 6:34 am | Permalink

    Greenjones,

    understandably. I’ve gone there for a while in the beginning, and it’s easier to navigate than a blog like this – having conversations is a lot easier, certainly – but it’s just not my neck of the woods. I’m old and cranky, man, and most kinds of fan obsession just annoy me by now, so I’m rather visiting a place that is a bit less intense. But if you find something there you like, it’s awesome, and it’s good if someone’s there who’s not all bitter.

  92. Chickenduck
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 7:29 am | Permalink

    Fatio Corcyn,

    Nah, you’re not alone by any stretch. Plenty of people on here (including me) were happy to see him cut when we were discussing pre-S3.

  93. Annara Snow
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    I will never understand why people want to read recaps by other people rather than waiting to see the actual episodes. It’s even more mind-boggling why they do that just to freak out and rant over other people’ bad recaps.

  94. Jordan
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    RE the spoilers posted, I think my biggest issue is the fact that apparently the Sansa situation is as bad as Sean C feared (who posted in the thread under his name there- Colonel Green (?)- I mean there is the rest of the season and I wouldn’t write things off at this point, but I’m kind of disappointed that Sansa apparently wasn’t “in on” her escape.

    In terms of the other complaints voiced I’m keeping an open mind about the Jaime/Cersei scene- I doubt it is as bad as reported. Also, there were some complaints about Stannis, but I think Stannis fans to exaggerate the goodness of their hero/the villainousness of TV!Stannis.

    Although, in any case, perhaps it is better to focus on all of the things that were done right/done well.

  95. Laszlo
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    Jordan,

    I said it there too, that scene was already pretty rapey in the books, it might be that it’s just more obvious when you see it and not just read about it. And the Sansa stuff doesn’t seem too bad either, being “active” isn’t the point of her character at this point, so whatever, but at least they seem to be taking her seriously and she’s not just there to show how cool someone else is.

  96. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    Laszlo,

    RE: Sansa, Maybe it is just because I am not passionate about the character, but I don’t see what role she had to play in the first place. Sure, she was aware of an escape plan, but she had no idea about what was going on. In fact, she gets upset when she realizes she may have had a role in Joffrey’s murder. Unless she is carried away by Dontos she will have to leave with him willingly, so at least you can say she seized an opportunity.

  97. Satin
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    Jordan,

    I love Sansa, but I really don’t find the whole escape thing that bad? I think the idea that only an “active” character is a good character is rather limited, and Sansa, in her current situation, doesn’t really have any options but reacting to circumstances and trying to adapt to them so that she survives. The show intensives that, true, but I don’t see how Sansa’s core traits are diminished because she didn’t plan running away with some random drunk she just met again.

  98. Jordan
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    Satin,

    Well, I don’t really see that active/passive distinction either, but logistically, it seems to make more sense that she would have a set up meeting place as opposed to Dontos hoping to be able to find her in the chaos following the assassination.

  99. Satin
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    Jordan,

    I agree, although he could have tried to keep in her general vicinity. And because of this exactly I think we have to see the episode first. Speculating without knowing where he is and where she is – not really much of a point, is it? And I can say that, reading the thread over at Westie, these guys want to be upset, so they latch onto the worst possible explanations of pretty much everything without having seen more than the promos.

  100. Laszlo
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    Tyrion Pimpslap,

    Their main problem seems to be that she isn’t consciously planning to escape, she’s just dragged along. And I can kinda see it, but still, it’s already established that she isn’t just resigned to her fate, she does want to get away, and it’s not like she’s really an active participant in this situation.
    It does sound kinda random that he doesn’t tell her anything, I’m actually thinking they’re doing it exactly to make her more “savvy”, that she isn’t willingly entrusting her life to some random drunk because it’s kinda like in that one tale, but rather it’s like some emergency measure when shit got bad.


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